Tim Bresnan Biography
From a young age, Tim Bresnan was on the England selector’s radar. He can bat decently well down the order and is a good option with the ball. As a seamer, he relies on movement at a decent pace. After rising through the age groups for England and playing for Yorkshire in county cricket, Bresnan was called up into the England ODI side at the age of 21 for the series against Sri Lanka. Though he did not have much of an impact, he remained on the fringes, breaking through only in 2008-09.
Bresnan made his Test debut against West Indies at Lord’s in 2009. However, it was during the Ashes Down Under in 2010-11 that he came to the party with a lethal spell at Melbourne. He continued to perform well against India at home in 2011, where his all-round performances were crucial in snatching the No 1 Test rankings. A fascinating statistic about Bresnan is the fact that England did not lose in his first 14 Tests.
He has been a more useful bowler in ODIs, contributing occasionally with the bat as well. He took a five-wicket haul against India in the 2011 World Cup, a game that England managed to tie. Bresnan’s numbers do not do justice to his batting talent and if he can contribute more often, he could turn out to be a good all-rounder for England.
Nishad Pai Vaidya